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Education
8:07 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Lawmakers consider new education funding formula

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State lawmakers return from their spring break today, and the Missouri House is preparing to consider a proposed state budget that partly ties education funding to the strength of the economy.

House Majority Leader John Diehl says debate will begin this week on the budget for the next fiscal year. The plan endorsed by the House Budget Committee would add $122 million to the state's $3 billion in basic school funding. But if state revenues meet more optimistic projections, then it would provide a $278 million increase for schools.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Gov. Nixon signs cellphone tower measures

The four measures signed Thursday would limit the ways local governments impose regulations on cellphone towers.
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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation limiting the authority of Missouri cities and counties to restrict cellphone towers.

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Education
5:40 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Mo. school funding gap hits some more than others

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A state funding shortfall is hitting some Missouri school districts harder than others.

A report released Wednesday by the Missouri Budget Project says the state is underfunding public school districts by $656 million this year. That's based on the amount called for under a 2005 law that re-wrote Missouri's school funding formula.

The report says the shortfall amounts to about $700 per student on a statewide basis. But those figures vary widely by district.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri House passes electronic tracking bill

Tracking of electronic or cellular devices could be forbidden without a warrant if the bill passes in the Missouri Senate.
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Law enforcement could not track the location of an electronic or cellular device without a warrant under a bill passed by the Missouri House.

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Politics
2:41 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri House approves bill changing access of teens to tanning machines

The new legislation could prohibit Missouri teens under 17 from using tanning machines without parental consent.
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Missouri teens younger than 17 would need parental consent to use tanning machines that emit ultraviolet rays under legislation passed by the state House.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri House approves bill to add fees supporting emergency services

The bill would allow Missouri counties to vote on a monthly fee to support emergency services like 911 response and poison control.
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Missouri House members have approved legislation that could lead to new fees to support the state's 911 and poison control networks.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

House passes red-light, speeding camera bill

Under the proposed bill, drivers ticketed by automated cameras would not be issued penalty points.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that could let cities to continue using red-light and speeding cameras, but only if they adhere to certain guidelines and get approval from state officials.

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Politics
8:45 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri House Committee Passes State Budget For FY2015

Mo. House Budget Cmte. working on the state's 13 bills that make up FY2015 budget.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 5:00 pm

House budget writers have passed Missouri's state budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins July 1.

The roughly $28 billion spending plan still includes a funding increase for the state's K-12 schools, which would be around $122 million if projections by House and Senate Republican leaders turn out to be correct.  If Gov. Jay Nixon's rosier revenue picture turns out to be correct, then K-12 spending would increase by $278 million.

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Politics
8:24 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Mo. House passes performance funding for colleges

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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would implement performance-based funding for public universities and community colleges.

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Politics
8:29 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Mo. House endorses parental rights amendment

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Missouri's House has endorsed a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would enshrine a fundamental right for parents to raise their children as they see fit.

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Politics
8:02 am
Wed March 12, 2014

House passes bill tripling abortion waiting period

Missouri Capitol
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The Missouri House has approved legislation tripling the waiting time for women to get abortions after first visiting their doctors.

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Politics
8:32 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Legal experts cite concern about Mo. Medicaid bill

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Legal experts are raising concerns about a Missouri proposal to require adult Medicaid recipients to work.

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Politics
8:03 am
Tue March 11, 2014

House endorses abortion notification requirement

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would impose an additional requirement on minors who seek abortions.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Medicaid legislation to debut in Mo. House panel

Missouri Capitol
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A Republican plan to revamp and expand Missouri's Medicaid program is getting its first hearing in the state House.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri House passes supplemental budget

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  The Missouri House has passed a supplemental budget for the current fiscal year.  It includes five million dollars for the unaccredited Normandy School District in St. Louis County, which would go broke before the end of the current school year without the money.  

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Politics
8:06 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Mo. House Gives 1st-Round Approval To 72-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions; Senate Version Blocked

Mo. Capitol
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Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 8:19 am

Legislation that would require a 72-hour waiting period for abortions is moving forward in the Missouri House, while its Senate counterpart is stalled.

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Politics
7:52 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri House backs limits on medical malpractice

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The Missouri House has approved legislation that seeks to reinstate limits on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.

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Politics
8:30 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Missouri House Passes 'Border War Cease-Fire' Bill

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Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:24 pm

The Missouri House has passed legislation aimed at declaring a "cease-fire" in the so-called economic "border war" between Missouri and Kansas.

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Education
5:28 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

MU students present research at Capitol for Undergraduate Research Day

University of Missouri senior Amber Forbis presents a poster about her work to a spectator of Undergraduate Research Day at the Missouri State Capitol on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
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Students from the four universities in the UM System presented their research to legislators and spectators earlier Tuesday at the State Capitol as part of Undergraduate Research Day. The symposium featured posters of 46 students from MU, UMSL, UMKC, and Missouri S&T. Of the students presenting, 20 were MU sophomores, juniors or seniors.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Legislation could move Missouri primary elections to June

The proposed bill would transfer Missouri's primary elections from early August to late June.
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A House panel has endorsed legislation that moves Missouri's primary elections to June.

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Politics
2:48 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Lawmakers endorse bill to fix funding gaps in education

The measure aims to correct a lack of funding for education and social services following a shortfall in expected state revenues.
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Missouri lawmakers have given initial approval to a mid-year budget plan that addresses funding shortfalls for schools and social services.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

House approves bill proposing Missouri-Kansas business truce

The bill approved by the Missouri House comes after the Senate voted to pass a similar bill last week.
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A proposed truce in the Kansas City business battle between Missouri and Kansas has gained another endorsement in Missouri.

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Politics
8:43 am
Tue March 4, 2014

House panel to consider new primary election date

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A Missouri House panel is considering whether to move the state's primary elections to June.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Bill linking tax brackets to inflation passes House

The bill heading to the Senate would connect individual income tax brackets to inflation beginning in 2015.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that could lower taxes for many Missourians by linking the state's tax brackets to inflation.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

House approves voter ID requirement bill

Two bills changing identification requirements for Missouri voters head to the Senate following approval in the House. Missourians would then vote on the constitutional amendment requiring photo ID.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at polling places.

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Education
8:59 am
Thu February 27, 2014

House panel adopts bill to block school standards

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A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation that would block the state from implementing new education standards.

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Politics
8:12 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Mo. lawmakers divided on ethics proposals, process

Missouri Capitol
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Members of a state House panel agree the state needs to update its ethics law but are divided along party lines on how to do it.

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Politics
8:12 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Missouri House Republicans Unveil Plan For New Fulton State Hospital

(foreground, l-r) Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, State Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, and State Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, prepare to talk about the House GOP's proposal for Fulton State Hospital.
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Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 3:27 pm

Republicans in the Missouri House have unveiled their proposal for funding construction of a new state mental hospital in Fulton.

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Politics
8:09 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Mo. House endorses plan to adjust tax brackets

Missouri House
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Missouri House members have endorsed the first change in Missouri's income tax brackets since the Great Depression.

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Politics
8:26 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Mo. House could debate photo voter ID measures

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Missouri House members could consider a proposal that would require voters to show official photo identification at the polls.

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